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Women's Basketball Recap

No. 24 Point Park routs Washington Adventist, improves to 6-1 on the year

Dec. 5, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Point Park's Vianka Cotton (right) is defended by Washington Adventist's Courtney Jenkins on Thursday.


By Zachary Weiss Point Park Athletics Student Assistant

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The 24th-ranked Point Park University women's basketball team won, 70-41, against Washington Adventist at home Thursday night to bump its record to 6-1 on the season.

Junior guard/forward Ja’Nia McPhatter led Point Park with 12 points while guard Leah Hurst scored a Point Park career high 11. Hurst made three 3-pointers, and McPhatter made two to combine for five of the Pioneers’ nine made 3-point field goals.

Freshmen Shaniya Rivers and Baylee Buleca each set career highs with eight and six points respectively. Senior Natasha Moss also had eight points and Carly Corcoran added seven.

Forward Courtney Cayard had 20 points for Washington Adventist [2-8].

Point Park held a 53-41 edge in rebounding for the game while forcing 24 turnovers and had 14 total steals led by sophomores Kelly Johnson and Celina DiPietro with three each.

This game marked DiPietro’s first of the season, and she scored two points on 1-1 shooting from the field.

At halftime, the Pioneers led, 41-17. It was a similar halftime score to the game Nov. 24 in which Point Park led at Washington Adventist, 40-15, in what ended up a 65-42 win for the Pioneers.

Point Park shot 42.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The Pioneer defense contained the Shock, which did not reach double figures until 5:05 remained in the first half.

Point Park’s offense got going late in the first half, when Hurst, Corcoran and Alexa Xenakis teamed up to make four 3-point shots in five possessions in under two minutes.

For the game, the Pioneers held advantages in points in the paint (28-8), second chance points (10-1) and bench points (39-0).

Coach Tony Grenek regularly substituted players in and out and all 13 active players saw more than 10 minutes in the contest.

Point Park was without sophomore center Sam Weir for a second game due to injury. The timetable for her return is unknown at this time.

Up next for Point Park is a road contest against former AMC rival Daemen College which is 0-1 on the season. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.


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